Becca Hackett-Levy- Head Teacher Sparrows/Director
Becca Hackett-Levy is the Director and Head Teacher of Northeast LA Forest Wonderschool. Becca was born in Portland, ME and grew up doing theater, playing in the mud, and making messes with paint. She holds a BA from Emerson College in Boston, and a Masters in the Science of Education in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College in New York City. Becca taught preschool at Plymouth Church School in Brooklyn Heights and North Williamsburg YM-YWHA in Williamsburg Brooklyn. As part of her ongoing professional development, Becca attended the Reaching Nature Connection Conference at The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers in Santa Barbara and yearly attends the In Bloom: Promising Practices in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education conference. Becca continues to work with Antioch University to advance her professional development in Forest Kindergarten methodology.
When not teaching, Becca loves to craft. She also loves to bake, find new hikes with her son and husband, and go swimming in anything deep enough to make a splash!
Michael Fontanesi- Teacher, Sparrows
Michael Fontanesi is originally from Orange, California, but moved to LA to attend Occidental College. There, he found a passion for teaching after working with preschool students at the Occidental Child Development Center. Upon graduating with a degree in Cognitive Science: Emphasis in Psychology, Michael began working as an instructional assistant for special needs students. Michael is currently pursuing a Master's in Special Needs Early Childhood Education and is excited to deepen his experience in education with Northeast LA Forest School. When not teaching Michael enjoys watching Anaheim Ducks hockey and eating pizza from Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock (especially with sun dried tomatoes, basil, and fried eggplant!).
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